RHINO Contributor updates – prizes and honors abound


Join us in celebrating our contributors’ book publications and prizes from the last few years!

Past and current issue contributors to RHINO are encouraged to email their major literary updates  to editors@rhinopoetry.org.


Carl Adamshick received the 2010 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets judged by Marvin Bell. His book, Curses and Wishes, is published by Louisiana State University Press. Carl is also the 2012 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award Winner.


Jeffrey Alfier is the winner of the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, 2013). He is also author of The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press) and The Storm Petrel – Poems of Ireland (Grayson Books, forthcoming). His recent work has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review and Tulane Review.


Jeffrey Allen received an Illinois Arts Council Agency Literary Award for his poem “Johnny” in RHINO 2013.


Karina Borowicz won the Codhill Poetry Award for her book Proof, which was also finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Nightboat Press Poetry Prize, and semi-finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize and the Felix Pollack Prize.


Lauren Camp is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith, 2013), winner of the National Federation of Press Women 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick.” Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, was selected by David Wojahn for the Dorset Prize, and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Other honors include The 2012 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award, writer’s residencies with the Mabel Dodge Luhan House and Opus House, and juror for the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


James Capozzi is the author of Country Album (Parlor Press, 2012), winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize.  He was also awarded the 2012 New Letters Prize for Poetry.


Kyle Churney received an Illinois Arts Council Agency Literary Award for his poem “Desert Ghazal” in RHINO 2013.


Elizabeth J. Colen is the author of four books including Waiting Up for the End of the World (Jaded Ibis Press, 2012) – a collection of poems on contemporary conspiracy theories (the first of which appeared in RHINO in Spring of 2010) – as well as The Green Condition (Ricochet Editions, 2014) – a book-length hybrid lyric essay / long poem. She completed her MFA in poetry from the University of Washington in 2013 where she was the recipient of the Nelson Bentley and Frederick Ingham Fellowships.


Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of ERRATA (SIU, forthcoming 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award.


Albert DeGenova has published four books of poetry; his 2014, A Good Hammer, is a limited edition hand-made letterpress chapbook from Timberline Press.  He earned an honorable mention in The Allen Ginsberg 2014 Poetry Competition sponsored by The Paterson Literary Review and the Poetry Center of Passaic County, NJ.  Albert continues as publisher and co-editor of After Hours, a journal of Chicago writing and art.


Matthew Dickman published 50 American Plays (co-written with his twin brother Michael Dickman, Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and Mayakovsky’s Revolver (W.W. Norton & Co, 2012)


Andrea England is the recipient of a Gwen Frostic Award in Poetry (2013) and a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2014). Her chapbook INVENTORY OF A FIELD is available now from Finishing Line Press (2014).

Jennifer Fandel
was selected by the National Park Service to serve as a writer-in-residence at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. She spent two weeks in June 2014 working on her poetry manuscript, The Cold Reaches.


Kim Farrar‘s second chapbook, “The Brief Clear”, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.


Brett Foster‘s second poetry collection Fall Run Road received Finishing Line Press’s Open Chapbook Prize and appeared in 2012. Last year his poem “On the Numbness That Will Be Our Future” was awarded Baltimore Review‘s 2014 Poetry Prize and he was a featured reader in Yale Divinity School’s “Literature & Spirituality” writing series.


Carol Frith won the Gribble Press 2012 Chapbook Contest with her poetry manuscript Elegiacs in a Closed Room.


Meredith Davies Hadaway served as the 2013-14 Rose O’Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College. Her third poetry collection At the Narrows is due out from Word Poetry in 2015.


Rochelle Hurt‘s first book, The Rusted City, was published by White Pine Press in 2014 as part of the Marie Alexander Prose Poetry Series. She was selected for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology, and she received the 2013 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review as well as the TQ3 Poetry Prize from Tupelo Quarterly.



Don Judson won the 2012 Boudreaux Prize in Poetry from Cream City Review; he has also recently won the Thin Air poetry competition and received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize from Palooka Magazine as well as being a prize winner in the 2013 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and receiving an honorable mention in the 2013 Nimrod Literary Awards.


Virginia Konchan received an Illinois Arts Council Agency Literary Award for her poem “Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read” from RHINO 2013.


Diana Lueptow was selected by Peter Campion to receive the 2013 Wick Poetry Chapbook prize. Her collection, Little Nest, will be published by Kent State University Press in January 2015. One of its poems, “Peripherally Yours,” appeared in RHINO 2014. Diana was also chosen for a 2014 Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council.


Donnelle McGee is the author of Shine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). His first book of poetry – Naked – is forthcoming from Unbound Content and his novel – Ghost Man – will be published in Fall 2015 by Sibling Rivalry Press.


Kathleen McGookey’s chapbook, Mended, is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press this fall, and her full-length collection, At the Zoo, is forthcoming from White Pine Press in 2016.


Rachel Mennies‘s first book, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, won the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry from Texas Tech University Press and was published in March of 2014. She recently received a grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.


elena minor’s book of bilingual poetry, TITULADA, was published by Noemi Press in 2014.


Travis Mossotti‘s chapbook My Life as an Island won the Blue Moon Chapbook Contest and was published by Moon City Press in 2013. His second full-length collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and will be published in 2014 with Bona Fide Books. Mossotti is currently the Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center and a professor of creative writing at Maryville University. He’s been awarded grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Regional Arts Commission. More information about Mossotti can be found at his website.


Elisabeth Murawski won the 2013 Mudfish Poetry Prize for “Waking Alone on Sunday Morning,” selected by Charles Simic. Her poem “Gaithersburg Bus Stop Accident” received a commended in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine contest (UK) and was published in the 2013 Hippocrates Anthology.


Rodney Nelson’s chapbook In Wait was published in November 2012. Bog Light and Sighting the Flood appeared subsequently. The chapbook Fargo in Winter took second place in the 2013 Cathlamet Prize competition at Ravenna Press, Spokane. Directions From Enloe won third in the Turtle Island Quarterly contest. Nelson’s chapbook of prose narratives Hill of Better Sleep is out from Red Bird Chapbooks. Mogollon Picnic, poems (Red Dashboard), is already in print and the poetry ebook Nodding in Time (Kind of a Hurricane Press) is “up.” Another chapbook, Fargo, came out in April 2014. Directions From Enloe has been accepted at Popcorn Press.


Jeffrey Oaks‘s new chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, was published this summer by Seven Kitchens Press


Ladan Osman‘s collection, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony, is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The award includes publication of her book with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Publishing in Senegal.


Diana Pinckney won the Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Poetry Prize. She also has a fifth volume of poetry forthcoming, titled The Beast and The Innocent. Her fourth collection, Green Daughters, included the poem, “Out There” that was published by RHINO.


Kenneth Pobo has a book forthcoming from Blue Light Press called Bend Of Quiet.  In June 2014, Spruce Alley Press published his chapbook When
The Light Turns Green


Octavio Quintanilla is a regular interviews contributor to Voices de La Luna: A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine. Octavio’s first poetry collection If I Go Missing (2014) was published by Slough Press. His poem, “Tell Them Love Is Found,” included in the collection, was published in the most current issue of RHINO and was a 2014 Editor’s Prize honorable mention. He has also been selected as a CantoMundo Fellow for 2014.


Jim Redmond’s poetry chapbook Shirts or Skins won Heavy Feather Review’s chapbook prize and was published as an insert in Issue 3.2.


Christopher Robley is the 2013 winner of Boulevard’s Poetry Contest for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of “Short Works Poetry.”


Jenny Sadre-Orafai‘s debut poetry collection Paper, Cotton, Leather was published Fall 2014 by Press 53. Jenny’s prose was also recently published on The Rumpus and The Toast and she was a Hambidge Center fellow in May 2014.


Michael Salcman‘s  anthology, Poetry In Medicine, The Anthology of Poems on Doctors and Diseases, will be coming out late this Fall from Persea Books in New York.


Erika L. Sánchez was named One of Chicago’s 25 Writers to Watch by The Guild Complex. She won the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry prize.


In 2013 Penelope Scambly Schott published LOVESONG FOR DUFUR, a  chapbook about a small wheat-growing town in central Oregon, and LILLIE WAS A GODDESS, LILLIE WAS A WHORE, a verse history of prostitution.  Her newest book, just out, is HOW I BECAME AN HISTORIAN.


Peter Sears is the new Oregon Poet Laureate, and his book Small Talk, New & Selected Poems was released this spring (2014) by Lynx House Press.


Claudia Serea received the New Letters Readers Award in 2013. Claudia is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), and To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, forthcoming). She also recently published the chapbook The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012.) Serea also translated the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast (North Shore Press, Alaska, 2012). In 2013, she co-founded and currently edits The National Translation Month blog.
Joan Siegel won Poetry Quarterly’s Rebecca Lard Award and Atlanta Review’s International Merit Award in the 2014 International Competition. Joan has two books, both published by Shabda Press — the first is Light at Point Reyes (2012) and the second is The Fourth River, forthcoming in 2015.


Kevin Simmonds wrote the music (and co-wrote the text) for Emmett Till, a river, a Japanese Noh-inspired oratorio that debuted at Theatre of Yugen in late 2013. His most recent collections are Bend to It (Salmon Poetry 2014), Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), the final work of the late writer Carrie Allen McCray, and the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011).


Danez Smith‘s poem “Dear White America” makes Upworthy from the 2013 Rustbelt Midwest Regional Slam Champion. His full-length collection, [insert] Boy, is forthcoming in 2014 by Yes Yes Books. He was awarded a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.


Paul Sohar won first prize in the 2012 Lincoln Poets Society contest; second prize in Rode Island Writers’ Circle prose contest (2014); and the Translation Prize from Irodalmi Jelen (2014, Arad, Romania, celebrated in Budapest, Hungary). He published two poetry translation books: Silver Pirouettes (TheWriteDeal 2012) and In Contemporary Tense (Iniquity Press, 2013); he published two prose works: True Tales of a Fictitious Spy (new, revised edition from SynergeBooks in 2013 and the collaborative novel The Club at Eddy’s Bar (Phaeton Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2014).


Sidney Thompson‘s now serves as the Assistant Fiction Editor for the American Literary Review and teaches at Texas Christian University.


Nhã Thuyên is the author of several books of poetry, flash fiction, and some tiny picture books for children. She currently co-edits the bilingual magazine Ajar, based in Hanoi, Vietnam, an online, printed space for poetic exchange. Nhã has had two books published since 2012: Poems of Lưu Diu Vân (Vagabond Press, Australia) and Màu c xanh trong sut / The Transparent Greenness of Grass -flash fictions, five authors (Tre Publishing House.)


Brian Turner’s forthcoming book, My Life as a Foreign Country, is published by W. W. Norton & Company and is scheduled to be released in September 2014.


Laura Van Prooyen’s second collection of poems, Our House Was on Fire, nominated by Philip Levine, was awarded the McGovern prize from Ashland Poetry Press and will be published in 2015.


Megan Volpert edited the anthology This Assignment is so Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013). It was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for best anthology, honored by the American Library Association’s annual Over the Rainbow list as one of the ten best books of the year, and honored by Split This Rock as one of the top three anthologies of the year. Megan herself is currently serving as her high school’s Teacher of the Year, and her own collection of prose poems, Only Ride (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), is currently short-listed for the ALA’s Over the Rainbow consideration.


Ocean Vuong published the chapbook No (YesYes Books, 2013), won a 2014 Pushcart Prize, the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, and the 2013 Beloit Journal Chad Walsh Prize. He was awarded a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.


Charles Harper Webb‘s collection of poems WHAT THINGS ARE MADE OF was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013.  They will publish his next book, BRAIN CAMP, in 2015.


Nicholas Wong’s poems were finalists for the Tupeolo Quarterly Contest and in the August issue of Better.


William Kelley Woolfitt‘s poem “Memento,” which first appeared in RHINO, will be in his book Charles of the Desert, forthcoming from Paraclete Press.


Bill Yarrow published Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX) in 2012, Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku (Cervena Barva Press) in 2013, and The Lice of Christ (MadHat Press) in 2014. He was one of nine commended poets out of 6000+ entrants for the 2013 Erbacce Prize. His poem “Cranshaw on a Boat” was nominated for a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award by RHINO. His poem “We Don’t Need No Education” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and a 2013 Best of the Web award by Blue Fifth Review. His poem “Chapel Access” was nominated for a 2012 Best of the Web award by Friction: Review. He was poetry editor of THIS Literary Magazine in 2012 and guest poetry editor of Scissors & Spackle in 2013.





RHINO Nominations for 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards


13_Rhino_Cover_wThe Editorial Board of RHINO is extremely pleased to announce the nomination of these Illinois poets and their poems
from the RHINO 2013 issue for the 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards:

Jeffrey Allen • Johnny  audio version

Kyle Churney • Desert Ghazal

Matthew Reed Corey • Above the Conifers, the Bronze Topknot of a Great Buddha

Albert DeGenova A Good Hammer  – audio version

Katie Hartsock • Cuticles – audio version

Tim Hunt • Still Life with Ash Tray and Beer Can

Virginia Konchan • Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read – audio version

Marty McConnell • the fidelity of Cincinnati

Ladan Osman • The Pound – audio version

Bill Yarrow • Cranshaw on a Boat – audio version



Poetry Forum Workshop Led by Bill Yarrow – Fourth Sunday 6-23-13


Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Bill Yarrow is the author of Pointed Sentences, a full-length collection of poems published by BlazeVOX in 2012 and two chapbooks–Wrench published by Erbacce Press in 2009 and Fourteen, published by Naked Mannekin Press in 2011. He has been published in many print and online journals including PANK, Thrush, DIAGRAM, Contrary. His poem “Cranshaw on a Boat” is in the latest issue of RHINO. He is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, film, and Shakespeare, all online. Two chapbooks (Twenty from MadHat Press and Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku from Červená Barva Press) are forthcoming in 2013.

Topic: INVENTED FORM No question, form is confinement, but one paradox of creative writing is that writing in form liberates, rather than restricts, the imagination. But whose form? There are two kinds–inherited and invented. We’re all familiar with inherited forms–sonnets, villanelles, haiku…but in this session we will look at invented poetic forms and invent some of our own.

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project is partially supported by grants from:   Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council

and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

RHINO Poetry 2013

RHINO 2013 Pushcart Nominees

Purchase RHINO Poetry 2013


Editors’ Note

Editors’ Prizes

Founders’ Prize Contest


Samuel Ace & Maureen Seaton • Necessary Roughness

Jeffrey Allen •  Johnny  (2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award Winner, Runner-up, Founders’ Prize) – audio poem

Toby Altman • Re: but the stem of me (rhetoric for declining love) –
audio version

David Appelbaum • Prolix

Ann Barngrover • Thing of Beauty

Margaret Bashaar • XXVI.  On discernment of thoughts, passions and virtues; on expert discernment; brief summary of all aforementioned

Bridgette Bates • Untitled

Joan Biddle • The Orchid and The Banana – audio versions

Lucy Biederman • Don’t Get Too Attached to the Girl – audio poem

Bryan Borland • I’ll Tell Your Brother Years from Now

Karina Borowicz Fourth of July

Kathleen Boyle • Triptych

Tara Bray • Mary (the name of my mother and of her mother)

Abigail Browning • Shapes and Hosiery, 1942

Jeff Burt • Mown Grass

John Randolph Carter This Is Something and Tree Stompers

Kyle Churney • Desert Ghazal – (2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award Winner) audio poem

Katharine Coles • Exit Interview

Esteban Colon • Perspective

Matthew Reed Corey • Above the Conifers, the Bronze Topknot of a Great Buddha

Claudia Cortese • Lucy tells the boy to suck – audio poem
Honorable Mention – 2013 Editors’ PrizeFinalist, Founders’ Prize

Adina Dabija • Story about men and furs
translated from the Romanian by Claudia Serea

Michael Daley • Cow Field, Mist, Dusk – audio poem

Albert DeGenova A Good Hammer (Finalist, Founders’ Prize) – audio poem

Nick DePascal • bruised fruit – audio poem

Darrell Epp • Weather Report

Jennifer Fandel • The Founders of Modern Zydeco – audio poem

Kim Farrar • The Oncologist’s Office

Heather Foster • Snow Lover

Angel N. Garcia • Coward

Marie Gauthier • The Minor Saints Make Do

B.L. Gentry • The Red and Yellow Halter (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

E. Laura Golberg • Lamppost

Rodney Gomez • Drag Racer (Winner of the 2013 Editors’ Prize) audio version and Cornelio Smith

Interview with Rodney Gomez

Brenda Mann Hammack • Lady Jane and the Velvet Underground

Wang Han • Liangzhou Song
translated from the Chinese by Aaron Crippen

Annie Hartnett • An Octopus Has Three Hearts

Katie Hartsock • Cuticles (Finalist, Founders’ Prize) – audio poem

Lauren Henley • Buying Food

Sean Howard • self-thinking poems (scenes from a spontaneous therapy, march-april 2011) – audio poem

Tim Hunt • Still Life with Ash Tray and Beer Can

Rochelle Hurt • Nightmute, Alaska – audio poem

Michael Jones • Doneness: Risotto al Nero

Don Judson • Unveiling the Prophet—Lagos (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

W. Todd Kaneko • Luna Vachon is the Shadow in Your Darkness

Liz Kay • Bias—The Witch Takes a Side – audio poem

Garret Keizer • Unread

Jill Khoury • Dream House – audio poem

Sophie Klahr • On Translation (Galveston) (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

Virginia Konchan • Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read  (2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award Winner) – audio poem

Stephen Lackaye • The Circus Fires

Mike Lala • Untitled (Poem for Sleep) – audio poem

Meghan M. Lee • Pleasure became singular.

Nancy Chen Long •  but so beautiful, yes?

Justin Richard Luzader • Gigging

Gail Martin • What the Net Forgets, the Water Remembers

Kathleen M. McCann • Black ‘47

Marty McConnell • the fidelity of Cincinnati

Sandy McCord • Bath II.

Adam McGee • The Hyperbole’d Heart and Nahant – audio poems

Kathleen McGookey • I Wait

Janet McNally  • Persephone is Pregnant – audio poem

Rachel Mennies • My Sister the Abacus – audio poem

Joseph Millar • Boy Meets Girl

Michael Mlekoday • Home Remedies

Brad Modlin • All of It – audio poem

Elisabeth Murawski • Hardy’s Fiddle – audio poem

Matthew Murrey • 62

Rodney Nelson • October Twenty-five

Jeff Oaks • The Woodchuck

Ladan Osman • The Pound – audio poem

Francesca Pellegrino • To God
translated from the Italian by Adria Bernardi

M. Pfaff • asphodel (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

Kenneth Pobo • Loplop Introduces a Young Girl – audio poem

Zana Previti • Husband

Lana Rakhman • Tarot Reading: March 3rd of the Gallows and Tarot Reading: April 11th of the Endless Wall

Jim Redmond • Cloud Gate

Kristin Robertson • Hyoid Bone (Second Place Winner of the 2013 Editors’ Prize) audio version: Hyoid Bone.m4a

Christopher Robley • Semitone Étude (recessional with 12 fermatas), in which synched keys are struck with each checked-off item on Katharine’s to-do list

Enrique Barrero Rodríguez • XXIX from Liturgy of the Abandoned Voice
translated from the Spanish by John Poch

Donika Ross • Last rites

Jenny Sadre-Orafai • After The Hard Part Comes The Future – audio poem

Michael Salcman • Medulloblastoma

Rikki Santer • You Could Call It – audio poem

Michael Schmeltzer •  “…because there were no flowers I began picking up bones.” – audio poem

Penelope Scambly Schott  •  Story of the Beautiful Daughter Ralinavut (Runner-up for the 2013 Founders’ Prize)  and Shadow Play for my Mother in Six Scenes (Winner of the 2013 Founders’ Prize) – audio versions

Peter Sears • My Friend the Beast

Joan I. Siegel • Last morning of my mother

Spencer Smith • Minor Revision

Sarah Stickney • [French girls still keep]

Sara Talpos • Itinerant (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

Chris Tanseer • The Nile Is a River in Egypt – audio poem

Steven Teref  •  Man Without Qualities

Andrew Terhune Mel Gibson and Kyle MacLachlan

Sidney Thompson •  Salve – audio poem

Nhã Thuyên • A Dream of Water
translated from the Vietnamese original Giấc mơ nước by Nhat-Lang Le

John Tustin • Appetite

Laura Van Prooyen • Out of Town

Megan Volpert • Whitman lives

Jeanne Wagner Somewhere Between Countries (Finalist, Founders’ Prize)

Brian Phillip Whalen • Envy and Early Harvest – audio poems

Nicholas YB Wong • Self Portrait as Eeyore, to Pooh – audio poem

Bill Yarrow • Cranshaw on a Boat –audio poem

Contributors’ Notes


Founders’ Prize Information

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